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Posted at 5:44 AM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Grab a coat and go vote

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Election Day. We'll have full coverage on Post Local throughout the day of today's vote. Here's your complete Election Day guide including information on where to find your polling place as well as articles about the candidates and issues (including how much they've spent in this election cycle.)

Help us. Also, we encourage you to send us your reports from the polls. Did you have any problems voting? Did you see something funny or unusual? Send us an e-mail at You can also tweet #votemonitor to report any #electioneering, #electronicballot, #registration or other issues. See what other people from around the country are saying on Twitter.

Coming up:

Traffic issues on Pennsylvania Ave. A water main break forced the shutdown of Northbound Pennsylvania Ave between 21st and 22nd streets in Northwest. The 12-inch water main is broken at 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and some people in the area should expect a disruption in water service. Dr. Gridlock says to expect major traffic headaches and avoid the area if at all possible.

Grab a sweater -- and a scarf. It'll be a bit cooler than Monday. Blame the big cool Canadian high pressure system for our cooler than normal temperatures. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be sunny, but temperatures with be in the low to mid-50's. Showers may arrive Wednesday night and stay through Thursday. October may have been our eighth consecutive month where temperatures were above normal, but November could shape up to be a different animal all together.

D.C. Council Member in court today. D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas will be in court today for a hearing about whether he has to comply with a subpoena from D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles over his fundraising activities. Earlier Monday, Nickles filed a "petition for immediate enforcement" with the D.C. Superior Court over his request for documents related to Team Thomas, a nonprofit that Thomas operates that isn't registered with the Internal Revenue Service.

Today's headlines:

Gary Condit testifies. Former California Congressman Gary Condit took the stand yesterday in the trial of the man accused of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy. Condit denied having anything to do with Levy's disappearance and described the young California woman as a friend and constituent. But Condit refused to reveal whether he and Levy had an "intimate relationship," saying he didn't believe it was "relevent." Testimony in Ingmar Guandique's trial continues today.

Campaign fatigue. Residents of Anne Arundel, who've been inundated with pro- and anti-slots campaign mailers and phone calls probably will be delighted that Election Day has finally arrived. The referendum on whether slots will be allowed to be built at Arundel Mills mall has been one of the most expensive campaigns in Maryland history. Voters in Maryland's 1st Congressional District have also been inundated with mail, phone calls and candidate rallies and dinners.

School head resigns. Alexander "Exie" Harvey, the head of the Alexandria County Day School for the last 10 years, has resigned, officials at the private school say. The Alexandria Police Department has opened an investigation based on information provided by school officials. Harvey said he chose to resign to spend more time with his family and was unaware that an investigation had been opened.

Saturday's Metro mess. Dr. Gridlock offers answers to a question on the minds of many D.C-area residents and out-of-town visitors who flocked to the Mall for Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive:" Why did Metro fail on Saturday? After all, this isn't the first time the system has had to handle a large crowd headed to the Mall (think inauguration.)

In short: A new report from Bowling Green State University has found that that D.C. leads the nation in the number of same-sex households lead by gay men. (The Washington Times); Howard County Police find their robbery suspect . . . asleep inside a stolen car. (The Baltimore Sun); A 47-year-old man trick-or-treating in a diaper was arrested in Ocean City, Sunday night. (The Washington Examiner)

Other items:

JetBlue at National. JetBlue has landed at Reagan National Airport. The discount airline is offering daily flights to Boston and Florida. (Associated Press)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. If you haven't yet -- don't forget to vote. And check back with PostLocal for all your election headlines today and throughout the night. We'll tell you what happens with the controversial ambulance fee in Montgomery County as well as a proposal to build a slots casino in Anne Arundel.

By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 5:44 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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